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01-09-15, 01:13 PM
Replies: 116
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Posted By krobinson103

Nope, 6' 2" and closer to 200 pounds. Also ride...

Nope, 6' 2" and closer to 200 pounds. Also ride almost every day. I just used some continental comfort contacts on that ride. Can't remember exactly as I had to sell that bike to come back to New...
01-09-15, 12:42 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,832
Posted By krobinson103

Totally doable. I did it. On an mtb with slicks....

Totally doable. I did it. On an mtb with slicks. Then I rode a further 30km to get home. Call it BS if you want. I know what I did, got the cert from france and did it in 24 hours. Saddle pain and...
11-27-14, 08:06 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,435
Posted By krobinson103

I'm not against cars as such. But I do have one...

I'm not against cars as such. But I do have one and I don't particularly like it. In fact, I haven't driven it in three years. My wife does though. Where we live it makes little sense to drive as...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-14, 07:14 AM
Replies: 336
Views: 44,995
Posted By krobinson103

Nope I agree. Unless I want to ride in a pace...

Nope I agree. Unless I want to ride in a pace line super close gearing doesn't give me much advantage at all.
Forum: Commuting
11-26-14, 06:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,375
Posted By krobinson103

Riding out on an Island at night. Huge dog comes...

Riding out on an Island at night. Huge dog comes tearing out of a farm. Most dogs I can scare away just by barking right back at them, but this fellow took it as a challenge. Seeing as he was 3/4 the...
11-25-14, 06:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,023
Posted By krobinson103

I wouldn't buy it. Steel or aluminium paint is...

I wouldn't buy it. Steel or aluminium paint is easy enough to fix. Carbon? You never know when it might fail given its general condition. I think its worth its parts for salvage and no more.
Forum: Foo
11-25-14, 06:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 694
Posted By krobinson103

I'm moving back to New Zealand in three days....

I'm moving back to New Zealand in three days. I've reduced my stuff to one bike, two boxes, a laptop bag, and a small backpack. It was.... difficult.
Forum: Commuting
11-25-14, 08:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 850
Posted By krobinson103

In winter I can slow just a little and be fine....

In winter I can slow just a little and be fine. In summer it doesn't matter. Slow or fast I still sweat buckets.
11-25-14, 08:11 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 16,915
Posted By krobinson103

I prefer single battery flashlight style ones....

I prefer single battery flashlight style ones. Once you start putting batteries inside the bike you need specific packs. I stick with aaa/aa and liion single cells. I can get those most anywhere if...
11-24-14, 11:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,063
Posted By krobinson103

Make it illegal to ride at night without lights...

Make it illegal to ride at night without lights and enforce it. Get cops out there on bikes and issuing citations. Bike Ninjas are a menace.
Replies: 11
Views: 5,707
Posted By krobinson103

Its comfortable. My steed of choice for the 14...

Its comfortable. My steed of choice for the 14 day tour coming up in less than a week.

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Not the lightest of bikes, but I can get her down to 12kg with supplies for a 200km ride...
11-24-14, 04:39 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 12,823
Posted By krobinson103

Nice bent like that might be nice for shorter...

Nice bent like that might be nice for shorter randos and events as well. Looks very comfortable as well as being more aero than a standard bike.
Replies: 11
Views: 5,707
Posted By krobinson103

Soma Double cross or similar CX bike. Can carry...

Soma Double cross or similar CX bike. Can carry enough gear to tour with a moderate load, or for long Randos where you don't want to stop too often. Yet its still fast and relatively nimble if you...
11-24-14, 04:25 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 12,823
Posted By krobinson103

I call it cool. Bet its fast. :)

I call it cool. Bet its fast. :)
11-24-14, 04:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,014
Posted By krobinson103

More layers. As long as there is no ice on the...

More layers. As long as there is no ice on the roads I'm out there. Does make it somewhat cold going downhill at midnight though. :) Once you get rolling and are dressed for the temperature you'll...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-14, 08:14 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,322
Posted By krobinson103

It was a nasty gash. Pretty much the whole of my...

It was a nasty gash. Pretty much the whole of my chin was hanging by a small amount of skin and flesh. Also ground a whole lot of muck into it. Surprisingly it only hurt when he went to stitch it....
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-14, 08:04 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,322
Posted By krobinson103

Last time I went down on the bike a pothole took...

Last time I went down on the bike a pothole took me out at night. Ripped my chin right open. Rode home repainting the bike a nice red as I did. Then I went to the doctor, had them clean out the wound...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-14, 07:25 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,322
Posted By krobinson103

Agree. Broken bones, damaged muscles etc they are...

Agree. Broken bones, damaged muscles etc they are to be avoided. But, given the choice between lost skin and trashed kit I choose skin. It will grow back and it won't stop me from riding. Now on a...
Forum: Touring
11-23-14, 07:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,212
Posted By krobinson103

Longest tour I've done was 3 days From Busan to...

Longest tour I've done was 3 days From Busan to Seoul in South Korea. We did 650km in 3 days so the first few days afterwards I was too tired to really think about it! But, after my legs felt like...
11-23-14, 06:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,259
Posted By krobinson103

Try this. The next big downhill don't shift all...

Try this. The next big downhill don't shift all the way down the cassette and see how it feels. If it doesn't bother you then the chain ring swap will probably be worth it.
11-23-14, 06:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,349
Posted By krobinson103

Depends on the specs you want. You can use a 9 XT...

Depends on the specs you want. You can use a 9 XT Rd with anything 10 speed or lower and its bullet proof. Works great as well. I got a roadie setup just as you described using both 8 speed (2300)...
11-23-14, 06:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,909
Posted By krobinson103

That is quite a pie plate in the front. Doesn't...

That is quite a pie plate in the front. Doesn't look fun for any kind of uphill. :)
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-14, 06:09 PM
Replies: 336
Views: 44,995
Posted By krobinson103

I think the definition needs a little clarifying....

I think the definition needs a little clarifying. My wife can ride a bike. She does sometimes. If she gets 400km a year she is doing well. Thats not a cyclist. She isn't conditioned and thus needs...
11-22-14, 09:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,909
Posted By krobinson103

Going that way a cx bike makes sense. It can...

Going that way a cx bike makes sense. It can handle the rough stuff, but still comes close to the speed of a roadbike.
11-22-14, 08:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,464
Posted By krobinson103

I'm running a triple 48-36-26. On the road with...

I'm running a triple 48-36-26. On the road with 48-11 you get a good top speed of around 50kmh at 85rpm - not that I can hold that sort of effort on the flat anyway and not kill my knees. A lot of...
11-22-14, 07:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,464
Posted By krobinson103

It won't other than changing the spacing. An...

It won't other than changing the spacing. An 11-34 9 has some pretty big gaps. Good for a tourer, not so good for a racer. At any rate if 50-34 isn't good for cross 53-39 would be worse. You'd get...
11-22-14, 06:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,757
Posted By krobinson103

Yes I could. but I don't feel the need to. It...

Yes I could. but I don't feel the need to. It would take serious training to get any fitter or faster than I already am and serious training takes the fun out of it. I don't want to win races. I want...
11-22-14, 06:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,464
Posted By krobinson103

If you want options what about a triple? I've...

If you want options what about a triple? I've tried getting 53-39-30 and 48-36-26 and find both are very good when it comes to versatility. Otherwise a compact 50-34 and 11-34 gives you a good low...
11-22-14, 06:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,928
Posted By krobinson103

Generator hub. Out of the budget for a while...

Generator hub. Out of the budget for a while unless I luck out a pre built second hand one with a 29 inch disc rim on it.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-14, 06:21 PM
Replies: 336
Views: 44,995
Posted By krobinson103

I'm a terrible sprinter even on my feet. I don't...

I'm a terrible sprinter even on my feet. I don't have super fast reflexes either. Speed and high rpms have never been my forte. But, I can hold a slower cadence/pace for as long as I can go without...
Replies: 11
Views: 5,707
Posted By krobinson103

Anything comfortable that will carry you. I've...

Anything comfortable that will carry you. I've used a cx bike, and a hard tail 26er mtb. Both were great. Its more about bike fit. If it fits you will ride long and feel good. If not? You will hate...
11-21-14, 09:32 PM
Replies: 355
Views: 32,776
Posted By krobinson103

[QUOTE=Giacomo 1;17329214]Goodness, I can only...

[QUOTE=Giacomo 1;17329214]Goodness, I can only imagine the "grails" buried in that mess!:eek::twitchy:[/QUOTE

I'm sure there are a few. But finding them might be... difficult.

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Sadly...
11-21-14, 08:28 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 16,915
Posted By krobinson103

On the MUP I run bright lights and loud music for...

On the MUP I run bright lights and loud music for a reason. If I don't the zombies on the path don't even know I'm there and since they are dressed in black its hard to spot them without at least 600...
11-21-14, 08:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,349
Posted By krobinson103

SRAM X9 shifters are immune to... everything...

SRAM X9 shifters are immune to... everything short of being dunked in a mud bath. I've also had good milage with Shimano Deore shifters though they do get gummed up every now and then.
11-21-14, 01:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,037
Posted By krobinson103

I've run a 9 speed chain through an 8 speed...

I've run a 9 speed chain through an 8 speed derailler and it works fine. It also got rid of the rubbing. On my beater I have a 9 speed chain for the Deore FD and a 7 speed claw derailler at the back....
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-14, 01:01 PM
Replies: 336
Views: 44,995
Posted By krobinson103

Whenever I ride a long (more than 6 hours on the...

Whenever I ride a long (more than 6 hours on the bike not counting stops) ride I find that a slower cadence is actually better for conserving energy. You can run your engine at higher rpm, but it...
Forum: Touring
11-21-14, 12:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,914
Posted By krobinson103

I think if I found a campground with a secure...

I think if I found a campground with a secure place for the bike I could easily enough park it there and walk to the nearest store. Its not like I'll want to buy anything large or heavy so carrying...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-14, 07:44 AM
Replies: 336
Views: 44,995
Posted By krobinson103

I think with the new 11 speed drive trains it...

I think with the new 11 speed drive trains it might be possible to get your cake and eat it to. If you had a 10 speed close range cassette with a high tooth count bail out you could have the best of...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-14, 05:30 AM
Replies: 336
Views: 44,995
Posted By krobinson103

Disagree. I think Cadence is a very personal...

Disagree. I think Cadence is a very personal thing. Some like to spin faster, others slower. If I was told I had to spin at 100 for an entire 12 hours ride I'd tell them where they could put it. I'd...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-14, 03:09 AM
Replies: 336
Views: 44,995
Posted By krobinson103

I'd agree that a close spaced cassette is useful...

I'd agree that a close spaced cassette is useful if you care about:

a) Riding in a paceline
b) Holding a fixed cadence.

I care nought about either. I have experienced the large gap thing in a...
11-20-14, 06:49 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 18,601
Posted By krobinson103

Not a fan of that style of bike but that bike is...

Not a fan of that style of bike but that bike is very. very ugly.
11-20-14, 06:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 839
Posted By krobinson103

I'd go with the ten speed option since you are...

I'd go with the ten speed option since you are repairing anyway. The XT will work great with a ten speed shifter and your current wheel set will as well. At any rate the chain and cassette need to be...
Forum: Touring
11-20-14, 06:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,619
Posted By krobinson103

48/38/26 sounds like what you want. Still get a...

48/38/26 sounds like what you want. Still get a good a top speed but you have the 26 to give you extra granny gears. Combine that with a 32 or 34 at the rear and theres nothing you can't spin up.
Forum: Touring
11-20-14, 06:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,914
Posted By krobinson103

418870 Found this lock for a $22 on my way...

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Found this lock for a $22 on my way to work yesterday. Looks like you could get through it with the right tools, but its going to take more work and be louder than snipping a cable. Combine...
11-20-14, 06:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 938
Posted By krobinson103

I don't call suffering on a bike (or...

I don't call suffering on a bike (or building/repairing) work. Its all Joy. Sure it can get irritating when that internally cabled frame just won't co-operate and let me get the cable through, but...
Forum: Touring
11-20-14, 03:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,619
Posted By krobinson103

Seen the 520 'in the metal' and I have to say I'm...

Seen the 520 'in the metal' and I have to say I'm impressed. If I didn't already have my custom built Soma Double cross I'd get a 520 tomorrow.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-14, 12:34 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,199
Posted By krobinson103

Two Jerseys. three shorts, and two sets of winter...

Two Jerseys. three shorts, and two sets of winter bibs. I ride every day. Have for the last 4 years. About 200-500km a week depending on events etc.
Forum: Touring
11-19-14, 10:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,914
Posted By krobinson103

No racoons but plenty of possums in the national...

No racoons but plenty of possums in the national parks where I plan to stay. My plan is to go for wild camping or fee camping grounds. I've found a good stopping point with showers, stores to...
Forum: Touring
11-19-14, 06:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,914
Posted By krobinson103

Securing your bike on tour

2 weeks out from my two week tour of New Zealand. The bike stands ready, gear is set, but I have one last issue to resolve. Usually I'm riding a non stop all day or night ride and the bike never...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-14, 08:58 PM
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